Mr. Van Prays, an insider in the French oil major, replaces Frenchman Jean-Philippe Torres who has resigned from the position he held from September 2018.
“Mr. Van Parys has worked for the TotalEnergies Company for the last 26 years and has progressively and diligently served in various senior positions,” the firm said in a press notice.
The French firm said it will invest US$60 billion in wind and solar projects globally by 2030 and also plans to reduce petroleum products to 35 percent in the next nine years.
In Kenya, the oil dealer runs 176 service stations, five fully-owned fuel depots and three jointly-owned, two liquefied petroleum gas filling plants, one lubricant blending plant and five aviation depots.
Total also operates outlets under the ‘Bonjour’ brand at many of its fuel stations where it sells food, mainly targeting customers who come for fuel.
Mr. Van Parys has held various positions in Total including as a lubricant engineer, product development engineer, rising through the ranks to hold managerial positions in Madagascar, Congo, Ghana, France and the Netherlands.